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NCAA track regional begins for Georgia Southern

NCAA track regional begins for Georgia Southern

NCAA track regional begins for Georgia Southern

    The Georgia Southern Eagles aren’t done competing for track and field championships just yet.
    Four Eagles will try for a spot in the NCAA national championships at the NCAA East Regional Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., beginning today.
    The Eagles will compete in three events, the most in GSU history.
    “It kind of goes back to this program’s goal,” head coach Marlo Mincey said. “That’s to be a nationally-ranked program. Of course you start with your conference, then your region, and if you’re good enough, you get to the national championship. The way you do that is to get your student-athletes exposed to the experience.”
    The 4x100-meter relay team of Alyssa Felton, Jasmin Walker, Aarian Tipton and Jordan Fordham left their mark on the Southern Conference with a title in the event, and Mincey has high hopes for the group.
    “We expect to get to the national championship,” Mincey said.
    Walker, who won the SoCon long jump title in each of her first three seasons at GSU, will compete in that event today at 6:30 p.m.
    Tipton, owner of the GSU record in the 200, will run that event on Friday at 8:25 p.m.
    The relay team will race on Sunday.
    The meet takes place on campus at North Florida, where GSU competed in March. Mincey expects things to be a bit different on this trip.
    “We’ve had some experience on that track, but at the same time, the atmosphere’s going to be intense and the competition’s going to be at a very high level,” Mincey said. “There could be a few nerves. We won’t be able to tell until we get out there, but we earned a spot here and we feel like we belong.”

Matt Yogus may be reached at (912) 489-4908.

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